Longtime radio host Don Wade dies at 72
Don Wade, a pillar of Chicago radio, has died of a brain tumor, about a year after the condition forced the morning show host off the air. He was 72.
“Mr. Wade spent 55 years in broadcasting, 27 of them at WLS-AM 890, according to a statement Sunday on the station’s website confirming his Friday death. In recent years, he worked mornings co-hosting “The Don Wade & Roma Show” with his wife.
Colleagues said Mr. Wade was a relentless researcher who would wake up in the middle of the night to get ready for his 5 a.m. show. The “lovable curmudgeon” became a Chicago institution by knowing the topics he covered inside and out, said former WLS General Manager Michael Damsky.”
Don Wade was an incredible Conservative voice in Chicago on the radio.
Don was also incredibly informed about everything going on in the national political scene. As the story said, he would usually get up at midnight and review as much of the the news as he could before his show started as he would have multiple VCR’s recording the previous day’s news.
WLS is not the same without Don.